Have any of you seen The Avengers movie? It’s a fantastic film, but who doesn’t like super hero movies. As you have probably already guessed, my favorite hero is Captain America. And no it’s not because Chris Evans plays the character (Calm down ladies). I like Captain America because he’s unique to me in comparison to the other hero’s.
You see Captain America really doesn’t have the most impressive powers. He doesn’t have the mass and brute force of the Hulk. He lacks the technological advances of the innovative Tony Stark. He doesn’t have the supernatural power or might of Thor. He doesn’t have the über impressive marksmanship of the Hawk Eye or the sleek combat martial arts skills of the Black Widow. I mean, he’s genetically enhanced to have super strength and all but is still a pale comparison to some of this teammates.
Despite it all he does have something the other Avengers don’t have… Leadership abilities. Although seemingly he is visually the least impressive, his ability to hold the team together is incredible. He is the exhorter… The encourager… The inspiration and the glue that guides the team to victory. Without his leadership ability the team with their great powers would be exercising those powers incorrectly, at the wrong times and in the wrong places.
What does this have to do with spiritual gifting? Sometimes in life we can feel insignificant, unimpressive and sometimes just bland, but these feelings are simply lies. God has created ALL of His children for a special purpose and distributed gifts among them. We can see others with their gifts on display working for the kingdom and wonder why we are not able to do the same or if we are capable of doing anything at all when in reality that gift of yours may be just be dormant and unseen …and it also might be one of the most important. 1 Corinthians 12
3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.